Tony Ferguson on Khabib Nurmagomedov: “I’m going to make him piss blood”
Riding the 12-fight win streak Tony Ferguson (25-3) goes up against the 28-fight undefeated UFC lightweight champion Khabib Nurmagomedov on April 19 (AEST). The fifth booking of the title bout has become official late last week after “El Cucuy” signed his contract. The contest headlines the pay-per-view fight card held in Brooklyn, New York.
The number-one lightweight contender, Tony Ferguson recently called into Ariel Helwani’s MMA Show and said the following (transcribed by MMAmania.com):
“I told everybody I’m going to make him piss blood. I said that a while ago,” Tony Ferguson said. “This guy has got an issue and his name is Tony Ferguson and I’m coming after him. It’s hunting season, baby.”
Undefeated Khabib Nurmagomedov (28-0) won a vacant title by unanimous decision against Al Iaquinta in April 2018. In his previous bout this past September he successfully defended his belt for the second time, scoring the win by submission in the third round against Dustin Poirier. Before that (October 2018) “The Eagle” retained his title via fourth-round submission against former champion Conor McGregor.
“He’s just another opponent. I already beat that dude. I showed up to UFC 209 and I saw it in his face, I saw quit.”
“I called him out, called my shot and it worked. I’m in this dude’s head, he’s looking at me and he is going to be training so hard and be so nervous and he’s going to make a mistake. I am going to capitalize on that. I’m going to catch him during the scrambles. Scrambled eggs baby.”
Ferguson goes “for a double knockout” in McGregor vs. Cerrone fight
Ferguson also gave his thoughts on the upcoming bout between Donald Cerrone and Conor McGregor. The non-title welterweight matchup serves as a headliner of UFC 246 fight card held at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on January 19 (AEST).
“I have to say if Cerrone kicks him to the chops, McGregor is going to fall like a ton of bricks,” Ferguson. “But, like I always say, I’m going to go for a double knockout.”
“I think they are going to go in there guns blazing. I think it is going to be a good fight, I can’t wait to watch it.”
Tony Ferguson (25-3) is a former interim lightweight champion. In June he took the win by TKO in Round 2 against Cerrone (doctor’s stoppage). Last October he defeated former champion Anthony Pettis via second-round TKO (corner stoppage). Both bouts were awarded the “Fight of the Night” bonus.